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  1. #27
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    Based on the level of working knowledge shown about the equipment in question up to this point, my suggestion would be to get someone that's familiar with the workings of refrigerated purges and low pressure centrifugal chillers to come and help you - it will be well worth the money in saved aggravation and heartache. Of course, that's just my opinion - I could be wrong.........

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    jayguy agree, may be two symptoms: dirty condenser, air in the system (leak)

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    Quote Originally Posted by klove View Post
    Based on the level of working knowledge shown about the equipment in question up to this point, my suggestion would be to get someone that's familiar with the workings of refrigerated purges and low pressure centrifugal chillers to come and help you - it will be well worth the money in saved aggravation and heartache. Of course, that's just my opinion - I could be wrong.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayguy View Post
    and trigger is right...this is not that complicated. everybody needs to just slow down. most of the numbers to determine if there is air in the chiller are here.

    for R123:
    16"Hg = 46F Saturation Temperature
    13.5 psig = 117F Saturation Temperature
    96F = 4.6 psig Saturation Pressure

    ASSUMING a low to very low condenser approach temperature (this can be determined by measuring the ACTUAL chiller liquid line temperature and subtracting the ACTUAL leaving water temperature)...he has about 8 psi of extra head pressure due to air or overcharge....most likely he has air. please verify that the displayed readings are accurate first (including the purge values)...if they are, then use them. if not, don't use them and continue using your measured values.

    as for the purge not working, let's assume that the chiller has air in it. the purge compressor and purge fan should be running...if not, investigate and repair. if they are running, then measure the purge compressor suction line (use a bead probe and insulation...i am a HUGE fan of infra-red measuring techniques, but they have their limitations and small, copper lines are a big limitation). if the purge compressor suction temperature READING is the same as what you are MEASURING, then you can bet that it is probably a purge txv or low charge problem. if they do not match, then the purge suction temperature sensor has probably come loose. depending on the purge version, if you are reading an actual temperature on the screen then you have a small thermistor that is screwed into a 'tee' in the purge compressor suction line. the thermistor is NOT sensing the purge refrigerant. the 'tee' is a special fitting that has a small, threaded fitting...refrigerant removal is not required. the thermistor is to be 'baby finger tight' in the tee...more than that and you are going to strip out the thermistor and you will have to buy a new one (or 3 in my case!). do NOT just wire tie it to the side of the suction line...you will be very disappointed.

    again, check for air first and when you are done, check it again. working on the purge can suck especially if there isn't any real air in the chiller anyway.
    NA THAT suction temp probe was the first thing i checked on the purge unit it was reding the same temp as my ir meter, and its insulated the suction line is actually warm to the touch as well( i cable tied the suction sensor on the back up and wrapped it in rubber tex its waokin fine right now) yes the purge compressor and fan are workin the air is kinda warm comin out of condenser fan the values are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cperk View Post
    What is the purge operating mode? Is it in adaptive, on or auto? If it's in adaptive or auto it may not run until it's calculated time to purge. For e.g., if the machine has been tight in the past and it only pumped out 5 min. a week then it may have 24 hrs or so, till the purge unit comes on in adaptive mode. My suggestion is to put the purge operating mode to on and see if purge suction starts dropping. If not check purge suction temp. sensor, if O.K. you need to look at all of the things mentioned before. Approach temps. water flows, cond. water entering. Then pull the heads on cond. Question, purge isn't tripped out on max pumpout rate exceeded, is it?
    purge mode was set to on . the baffels on condenser was recently changed , the purge has not tripped on pump out rate i raised it to 99 in 24 and it only did 2 minutes cuz i put it on manually. their water guages spoilt , but the back up chiller of same make and tonnage when started runs perfect so i doubt the flow rate is off ill in stall 2 guages wen i return there thr or friday,the condenser tubes were also cleaned

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    Quote Originally Posted by klove View Post
    Based on the level of working knowledge shown about the equipment in question up to this point, my suggestion would be to get someone that's familiar with the workings of refrigerated purges and low pressure centrifugal chillers to come and help you - it will be well worth the money in saved aggravation and heartache. Of course, that's just my opinion - I could be wrong.........
    as far as getting someone else to come check it lets put it like this there are probaly about 6 people in my country that works on chillers 2 that work on trane systems and low pressure centrifugal systems the other people who currently holds the contract asked(begged) me to take over and fix it for them , besides most of the centrifugal problems are electronic which is to easy to repair, ... but i have anaylized thge system and was just askin for a little insight on what could be wrong from people with more experience in this PARTICULAR type of low pressure system , so the only other people to call are u gyus . after all thats the porpuse of this forum to ask for a lil help - then again i could be wrong.................

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    Purifier or Earthwise? What control panel? I rarely see a HP trip because the surging is so bad before that someone shuts the machine down or it goes down on extended surge. Get someone to help you with this one. Read the purge literature. Isolate the purge and do refrigeration temp.checks. Add some air to the purge chamber. You should see the suction temp. drop rapidly. Check the pumpout orofice for dirt. Manually energize pumpout comp. Does it pull 28" vacuum? Do solenoids energize and open? Can you see R123 cycling through sight glass? Install bypass hose or remove orofice until air is out. Leak check chiller. Repair leaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr hottstepper View Post
    as far as getting someone else to come check it lets put it like this there are probaly about 6 people in my country that works on chillers 2 that work on trane systems and low pressure centrifugal systems the other people who currently holds the contract asked(begged) me to take over and fix it for them , besides most of the centrifugal problems are electronic which is to easy to repair, ... but i have anaylized thge system and was just askin for a little insight on what could be wrong from people with more experience in this PARTICULAR type of low pressure system , so the only other people to call are u gyus . after all thats the porpuse of this forum to ask for a lil help - then again i could be wrong.................
    No idea what country you're in. I looked at your location and it says "tt, wi". I thought you were in Tubert Town, Wisconsin. I also read your biography. I must say that there's a lot of intrinsic praise in there. Based on that, I'll stick with my first post as my best suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltap10 View Post
    Purifier or Earthwise? What control panel? I rarely see a HP trip because the surging is so bad before that someone shuts the machine down or it goes down on extended surge. Get someone to help you with this one. Read the purge literature. Isolate the purge and do refrigeration temp.checks. Add some air to the purge chamber. You should see the suction temp. drop rapidly. Check the pumpout orofice for dirt. Manually energize pumpout comp. Does it pull 28" vacuum? Do solenoids energize and open? Can you see R123 cycling through sight glass? Install bypass hose or remove orofice until air is out. Leak check chiller. Repair leaks.
    purifer, ucp1, no surge machine jus runs to 16psig and cuts on hi press cutout

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    Quote Originally Posted by klove View Post
    No idea what country you're in. I looked at your location and it says "tt, wi". I thought you were in Tubert Town, Wisconsin. I also read your biography. I must say that there's a lot of intrinsic praise in there. Based on that, I'll stick with my first post as my best suggestion.
    im not tryin to argue or make enimies,or waste time im a contractor trying to make money and learn cuz i really love thermodynamics, just like u , and i think i have a valid question and a problem thats worth bringing forward and i have tried most of what was recommended by other members before so i dont think im that bad off.im from the caribbean btw , i tend to get a little beside myself sometimes , . dude i jus wanna get the equipment running ,i just asked for a lil help im sure when u started to work on these equipment you didnt know everything, but i welcome a challange cuz this isnt really a js compressor or screw,or gas fired absorb system,or one of those tecogen natural gas engine driven chillers, it is a piece of work and i really wanna see this job tru, ....and if u guys think thats something they want me to overhaul the backup cvhe chiller from pre rotational veins the works befor the year ends , the bearings in the motor are singing away, i alreddy signed up to go la croose for cvhe mechanical but they said i have to do cvhe fundementals first,but cuz of my good business with them they will try get me in the mechanical on nov 1st but i cant leave the equipment hanging till then, so im here jus tryin get some advice frm u guys, beside how would u like it if u went to get a light bulb in the supermarket and they told you they only sell light bulbs to electricans. u doh hav to gimme such a hard time because i dont no more about low pressure centrifugal than you.

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    If the condenser has a marine water box,open that end and check the divider plate. I've had to weld new channels in many of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltap10 View Post
    If the condenser has a marine water box,open that end and check the divider plate. I've had to weld new channels in many of them.
    NOPE theres no exchanger on the condenser frame actually looked to see if it had one cause i had to do the same with a carrier XRV centrifugal last year but it was 134a not vaccum. i even inspected the rapture guard ,cuz that has a way of spoiling a good day.

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    Haven't read this entire thread, but it is not uncommon after 30-80K hours for the compressor valves to fail on the condensing unit. When the valves fail or partially fail the unit simply will not do its job. Check the discharge line when it's running. It should be quite hot to the touch, if it isn't then order a new condensing unit (complete) new expansion valve and copper-spun dryer.

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